Some Reason Why Do A Morning Wedding

w3Caffeinated welcome drinks, newspaper boy ring bearers, an outdoor brunch spread… Sounds like a great morning wedding in the making! Admittedly, the call-time of sunrise ceremonies may be debatable, but trust us–it has a whole lot to offer a bride. Think more location options, amazing food choices, more time with guests and the flexibility to go casual, fancy or somewhere in between.

Another plus point? Without the long night hours, you’ll look as fresh as a daisy the morning-after! Find more reasons below why we think morning ceremonies are worth waking up early for.

The glorious morning light
Nothing makes wedding photos look more gorgeous than gorgeous natural light. It adds that tint of glow and romance to perfectly captured moments of your big day. So let yourself, your guests and of course, your photographer bask in the subtle morning sun!

You can set your own happy hour
What comes next after fresh ground coffee and fresh pressed juices? Fresh squeezed cocktails. (Hey, it’s your big day so you get to say when is cocktail hour!) But since it’s still early in the day, serve just enough to bring your guests into an extra-celebratory mood. You won’t just save everyone from hangovers, you also save yourself some bucks from a lower bar bill.

Sweet centerpieces
In a brunch wedding reception, no one will judge if you choose to eat desserts first. So go ahead and serve a basket-full of your breakfast favourites as your sweet table centerpiece!

The brunch food
Here’s the thing with having a brunch menu: you can choose your favorite items from both breakfast and lunch. Think omelet stations, cereal bars and pancakes then moving onto heavier dishes like chicken and pasta. Of course, you shouldn’t forget everyone’s favourite all-day food: BACON.

You have more options for cake
Pancake tower, French toasted cake, doughnut tiers…the list can go on and on. Get excited with this part of the planning because the rumour is true: with yummy brunch reception comes yummy cake possibilities!

Coffee wedding favours make total sense
Coffee will play an important role in your brunch wedding. Cart Specialty Coffee (above) will set up at your wedding reception and serve premium quality coffee to your guests. For a unique wedding favours idea, try handing out beautifully packaged coffee beans as a reminder of the wonderful morning your guests shared with you.

Less time stressing, more time partying
Let’s face it. An early morning event doesn’t give you a lot of time to prepare before the ceremony begins. But look at it this way: with the clock ticking, you prioritize what’s important. So you get no time to stress on the little things! Once the crunch time is over, you have the whole morning and the early hours of the afternoon to celebrate with friends and family.

More Information About Four Wedding Trends Modern Couples

w2One of the beautiful things about weddings is that while they’re steeped in tradition, no two celebrations are ever the same, instead reflecting each couple’s very personal and unique love story. From food and family to a healthy dose of fun, there are a lot of factors to consider when deciding how best to frame this story and share it with your nearest and dearest. Here are four trends that modern couples are tapping into.

Recognising the team effort
They say it takes a village to raise a child, and the same is true of weddings. Yes, they may be about getting a couple to – and through – “I do”, but there’s a real team effort that goes into planning a dream day. And it’s something venues are increasingly looking to recognise, promoting a sense of inclusiveness that acknowledges the joy that comes with input from family and friends.

At Perth’s 337-room Rendezvous Hotel Scarborough – which has a variety of spaces for intimate celebrations up to gala occasions for 400, and discounted wedding accommodation for guests – particular priority is paid to honouring the couple’s parents.

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Image: Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough

This ranges from small touches, such as giving them access to valet parking at the wedding, to an open invitation to attend the menu tasting for a small extra fee.

“This comes down to recognising that wedding planning is often not just about two people, but about two families,” says weddings and special events co-coordinator Jordan O’Sullivan. “So with something like food and beverage, for example, you’ll often find that the bride and groom will want their parents involved in the selection because they value their input and experience, so it makes sense to allow them to come along to the tasting.”

The invitation also extends to the wider wedding party, although in practice, these relationships tend to come into focus more when the wedding itself rolls around.

“What a lot of brides do is book out the executive suite for the night before their wedding,” Jordan says. “What we’ll then do is set it up for them with extra beds, so they can share the night with their bridesmaids and closest confidants.” Throw in some champagne, access to a full room service menu, a little beauty prep and, of course, excited chatter about what’s in store the next day, and there’s no better way to prepare for the transition from singleton to newlywed.

Indulging in food, glorious food
Ask guests what they remember about a modern wedding, and chances are they’ll talk about the food. And it’s no surprise when you consider the ongoing evolution of nuptial menus.

From the days when it served mainly as sustenance for celebration, these days the food is an adventure in itself. And venues are responding by working with couples to curate very individual and personal culinary experiences.

“Food is definitely something that’s a lot more important than what it used to be,” says executive chef Wendelin Ulrich, who notes their menus can incorporate vegan, gluten free, nut free and vegetarian options. “Couples really want to make sure people delight in the food and wine, so they pay attention to the smallest detail.”

One factor in this development is that people now know more about food, courtesy of the explosion in reality culinary television, which means they’re willing to plump for a touch of excitement over the expected.

“For example, with our pre-dinner canapés, we’re finding people are willing to be a little more creative, in that they’ll opt for something like a smoked duck breast nicoise style, or Serrano jamon with goats cheese and mini bell pepper,” Jordan says.

And this willingness to mix things up further extends to the role of food itself, which can be as formal, or as informal, as couples desire.

“At its most traditional, we have our plated menus, which are refreshed every six months to account for seasonality,” explains Jordan, noting that they artfully blend simplicity and sophistication to bring a new twist to standards, be it poached Indian Ocean prawns with papaya and black bean salsa, avocado and chipotle yoghurt, or oven-roasted south-west lamb rump with garlic desiree mash, seasonal baby vegetables and thyme jus.

Alternatively, for those seeking something less formal, there’s the buffet menu, which, unlike the selections of old, is much less about a foodie production line and much more about a chance to create a DIY culinary adventure. Think braised south west beef cheeks, thyme and port jus with crispy parsnips, or pumpkin sage ravioli with lemon cream sauce.

Again, couples have the opportunity to build on the basics. “We have a wedding coming up where the bride and groom are big seafood eaters, so they’ve extended the buffet to incorporate delicacies such as prawns, mussels, salmon and oysters,” Jordan says.

Another option that’s growing in popularity is the purely cocktail reception, where canapés take a step up from precursor to the main event . “With our Moonlight Cocktail Canape menu, we’re finding that it’s quite popular with younger couples,” says Jordan, who notes the venue’s popular Mentelle Deck and Observation Deck have a stunning outlook over the Indian Ocean, allowing for incredible sunset panoramas.

“These couples want to enjoy the party side of things for a longer amount of time, with great music and dancing, so they choose to have canapes passed around all evening rather than a sit-down meal.”

The trick here is curating morsels that are as substantial as they are stylish, be it a grilled Reuben sandwich and potato crisps, or fork food such as pulled pork and slaw on brioche, or Singapore-style chicken nasi goreng.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about working with brides and grooms to ensure their wedding menu is exactly what they want,” Jordan says. “This could mean customising a multicultural element, say creating a menu that is half western and half Asian, or helping them to create a signature cocktail to serve during the festivities.”

It’s a recipe that is equal parts about showcasing your own personality and exciting and entertaining your guests. And if they can walk away saying: “I’ve never had that before,” well all the better.

Tapping into added extras
One of the best parts of any wedding is the unexpected moments and experiences. The groom who sheds a tear when he sets eyes on his bride. A wonderful new friendship that finds its beginning at pre-dinner drinks. Or even just an inclusion guests don’t expect but are delighted to indulge. One clever way to create such moments is to tap into wedding package add-ons.

“What we find these days is that many couples are looking for that experience or slice of wow factor that other weddings may not have,” says Jordan.

At Rendezvous Hotel Scarborough, this can range from the fun – such as a photo booth designed to capture guests in light-hearted moments – to the fancy, such as rounding out your ceremony with a glass of sparkling wine for each guest.

Jordan says many couples are also choosing to bring a little something extra to the latter part of their celebrations, once the main foodie offering is done and dusted and the focus has turned to a party atmosphere.

“Something that can really get friends and family excited is an ice cream sundae bar or a s’mores bar later in the evening,” she says. It’s about indulgence meets inspiration, and the benefits are two-fold. For starters, it can help to flag up energy levels with a sugar hit, while it also has that kind of decadent midnight-snack feel that people will be talking about for days to come.

Other adds-on available at the hotel range from theming and styling packages, which build on the hotel’s relationships with local wedding suppliers, to accommodation upgrades that, for example, allow guests to sample the delights of the executive suites, which have exclusive access to the Club Lounge, including breakfast daily and evening canapés.

Again, it’s about making that special extra effort that reinforces for guests your appreciation for them taking the time and effort to be part of such a milestone in your lives.

Creating your own adventure
Every couple has a different vision for their ideal “I do”.

For some, it’s a traditional celebration, where guests gather mid-afternoon for the ceremony, followed by photographs, drinks and then a sit-down dinner that anchors an evening of music, dancing and fun.

For others, it’s less about formality, and more about creating a memorable experience where the wedding is the highlight, but not the sole star, of proceedings. Whatever direction your heart lies, modern wedding celebrations can be tailored to suit.

“Lots of couples have different ideas of how their day will unfold,” explains Jordan. “Some may choose a traditional timeline where a mid-afternoon ceremony flows into an evening of celebrations, while others might choose to say their vows in the morning and then tuck into lunch.”

Others may choose to say their vows in just an intimate setting and then hook up with their wider guest list for the reception, while some might choose to honour multicultural traditions, such as with Indian weddings, which incorporate multiple events across a roughly one-week span. But that’s just the start of possibilities.

“We have one bride who is starting her reception here at 3pm and then finishing the night off at the nearby beach club later in the night as she has hired a live band as entertainment,” Jordan says. Others choose to expand their celebration beyond just the single day, curating a weekend of festivities, or longer, that draws on the hotel’s location right on the beach – and in a cosmopolitan hub surrounded by restaurants and bars just 15 minutes from the CBD.

This could cover everything from a day-after brunch at the hotel to a spot of surfing and swimming or even an afternoon of retail therapy.

“This is something that suits couples who might have a lot of guests travelling from out of town to attend,” Jordan says. “But ultimately, it really comes down to each couple. Getting married is such a powerful and personal thing that it’s about celebrating the occasion in a unique and authentic way.

Each year – including May next year – Hotel Rendezvous Scarborough hosts a wedding expo to link couples up with information and advice on all aspects of planning a wedding, from hen’s nights and buck’s parties through to “I do”.

Between that, and the ability to customise packages for all sizes and budgets – from an intimate wedding for 55 in the Kitson Room to an elegant affair for 200 in the Mentelle room – it all harks back to one central tenet: “It’s your wedding and you deserve to celebrate it your way,” says Jordan. “It’s about creating moments that are magical and also memorable, as you embark on your new life together.”

Know More About Thank You Cards

w1Thank you cards might seem a bit old-fashioned and inefficient in 2016 when social media rules the world, but when it comes to your wedding they are a must! Here are some thank you card dos and don’ts to ensure your guests are sufficiently thanked after your wedding.

Do: send them!
Sending thank you cards is nothing more than good manners and a way of letting your guests know that you appreciated their attendance. Your guests have taken time and spent their precious money on attending your wedding, buying a gift and, perhaps, even travelling to your wedding or taking time off. The least you can do is send them a small note acknowledging their effort (and their wedding present, of course).

Don’t: delay sending them
Writing thank you notes are one of those post-wedding tasks most couple’s dread. Having to write them out, come up with a message for each recipient, find your guest’s addresses and post them might seem daunting. Our tip: don’t delay sending them or they may never get done. After you get back from your honeymoon make this a priority so you can focus on something more interesting.

Don’t: email them
Yes, we know you’re busy and we all have terrible hand-writing but whipping off a quick message on email or social media doesn’t give your guests the respect they deserve. Remember, all guests played a part in your wedding and they should be appreciated.

Do: handwrite them
A generic printed response doesn’t have the same kind of personal touch a handwritten note does. Even if it’s something simple like hand writing their names and mentioning their gift, it’s good to show your guests that you appreciated their presence, and their presents.

Do: be positive
If a guest behaved badly on the day, just focus on the positives. Still send them a thank you note and let them know you appreciated their attendance, even if you didn’t. Remember, they still took time out to come and celebrate with you

Don’t: worry about the wording
Don’t be anxious about perfect prose. Be sincere and the words will flow perfectly and you’ll do what the card is meant to do: thank them, and sincerely. And, if you’re facing writer’s block, you can re-use similar wording across multiple cards! Just make sure you don’t use the exactly same words on cards that may be seen by the same people.

Do: a quick spell check
We’re used to our computers checking our spelling but when you’re hand-writing something, you only have your brain as a spell checker, so use it! Double-check spelling, grammar and addresses.

Do: send thank you cards to a variety of people
This is important. This exercise is not just about thanking the people who bought presents or did lots for you on your wedding day. It’s about expressing gratitude to people who contributed to your special day, so be sure to include as many people as possible as well as those who may not expect a thank you card, like your celebrant, or even your parents!

How to Pull Off a Stunning Dress on the Prom Night with a Petite Frame

2017 Sexy Lace Backless Long Chiffon Prom Dresses, High Neckline Halter Side Slit Prom Dresses, Evening Party Prom Dresses, PD0018When I am going to talk about this trend, it reminds me of my own school days. Yes, I was never known for my height. Rather, I had been that girl who always goes unnoticed because of her comparatively shorter frame. In fact, when all the girls used to seem attractive to everyone, I used to be the one who always seemed to be a kid.  That is why it used to be quite difficult for me to find the perfect dresses for a prom night.

 

But now, the time has changed. Designers are now experimenting with different kind of dresses for different body types. So, if you are a petite girl and thinking of the potential nerve-wracking experience of shopping for the cheap prom dresses, don’t worry about it. You have plenty of options. All you need to do is to know about the trends that will suit you best.

Now, you must be thinking what trends and tips are going to work for you, right? Take a look at the following points to know about them. I am sure they will be helpful enough for you to make your peers jealous and your date stunned with your grace.

Go for A-Line

This is the classiest silhouette that will suit your body type. You need to add up to the illusion of height. And nothing can work like wonder the way A-line dresses work. The fitted waist will flatter your curves and the flared skirt will hide your shorter legs giving an effect of height. If you find it stiflingly covered, choose one dress with thigh high slit.

Go for Train

Floor sweeping trains are the most elegant part of any timeless long dress. Choose one with off shoulder. It will not only make you look stunning, but will also make you look taller. The flowing fabric behind you will perfectly make up for your height. But, while choosing the train, be careful. Choose a length that will be just a few inches on the ground. The longer train might lose the impact.

Asymmetrical Hemline

This is the current trend in the fashion scenario all over the world. Asymmetrical hemlines are now in. So, bid adieu to the set structured look of the normal hemline. Asymmetrical will perfectly play peek-a-boo with your legs. Worried about shorter limbs? Don’t worry; as this attire will create the perfect balance in your look.

Go High over the Knees

If you are thinking of choosing shorter dresses, best choose the one that falls over your thighs. Don’t think of hemline to the knees, as it might make you look bulky and shorter. Such short dress will be the best choice to flaunt the legs. If you have got short yet toned legs, why don’t you show them off? Moreover, with shorter versions of prom dresses, you will get a chance of showing off your stunning footwear too.

Go for Plunge

After talking the skirt and waist, let’s talk about the top portion of a dress. Yes, I am going to tell you about the neckline. Choose a wide V neck, plunging neckline or one shoulder for your dress. The high or modest neck will make you look more petite. Such structured neckline will make your torso look taller.

So, now as you know how you can rock the prom with the best dress for your petite frame, what are you waiting for? Find a reputed store and get the dress now. Thank me later!

Unique Wedding Table Number Inspiration

We went hunting for a little wedding table number inspiration and weren’t disappointed. Here are some fantastic ideas for wedding reception table numbers that aren’t just plain old table numbers!

Rustic jars of fresh roses

Hand-painted, distressed and sealed, these Mason jars come in sets of three and will be customised to match your colour themes and can be coated in burlop and/or jute, as well as words and numbers.

Laser-cut letters

Don’t these laser-cut table numbers by Bluebelle Studio look great? And best of all, they’ll customise them to suit your wedding colours and theme.

Rustic charm

Did somebody say rustic? These wooden block table numbers by One BIg Day Event Hire will perfectly suit your rustic or boho wedding.

Message in a bottle

You won’t find these message-in-a-bottles by Keen Eye Designz washed up on the beach. Instead they make a super cute wedding table number that will have your guests talking.

Blackboard painted pots

Doubling as a table centrepiece and table number, these cute terracotta plant pots house a darling succulent, but have been coated in a blackboard paint allowing couples to write anything they want, from a quote or a greeting to the names of those seated at the table and, of course, the table number!

Timber table runners

Well, this is clever. Instead of using standard cloth table runners, why not make or buy wooden ones with the table numbers marked at the plank’s two ends? You can decorate it with flowers, centrepieces or bottles of champagne! It’s definitely something a little different.

Pop art

Talk about a little ‘comic’ fun, these retro-inspired Kapow-style table numbers can be made up to match any wedding colour scheme. The odd table numbers come in one design, while the even table numbers come in another. They measure 12.7 X 27.95 and, once designed to match your colour scheme, will be sent as a pdf so that you can get them printed up locally.

Hessian wine holders

Hessian bags denoting your table numbers are perfect for a rustic or country-themed wedding and will go down even better if they’re filled with a bottle of something delicious everyone at the table can enjoy while toasting your new marriage.

Some Alternative Wedding Food

These alternative wedding food options will be sure to delight your guests.

A Latino feast

No doubt you’ve probably enjoyed tacos and other Latino treats at home or at a restaurant, but as wedding food they aren’t quite so common. Tacos makes great alternative wedding food because they can be eaten sitting or standing, they can include many different fillings (great for people with dietary requirements) and they are easy to prepare. Delicio

Profiterole wedding cake

Here’s a variation on your wedding cake that you may not have thought of. While the cutting-of-the-cake ceremony may prove a little less exciting, guests will have no complaints about going home with one of these delicious cream filled pastries.

Save the Date biscuits

What a genius idea. Rather than sending out save the date cards, try sending out save-the-date biscuits that look like a calendar marked with the date of their wedding as this bride did. Clever and delicious.

Ice-cream

If you’re a true ice cream lover, why not enjoy it on the happiest day of your life? For something more out-there, this American company serves mouth-watering flavour combinations in the shape of a rose. How sweet!

A doughnut wall

Well, this is our idea of heaven, a whole wall of doughnuts: chocolate doughnuts, plain doughnuts, doughnuts sprinkled with icing, chocolate chips and sprinkles. Need we say more?

An ice fountain

Whether just for decoration – or to actually keep your drinks icy cool, ice fountains are a modern twist on the humble ice sculpture and they can be created to serve both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

‘Interactive’ food

Allow your guests to ‘build’ their own food and beverages. Be it a hamburger they build according to their personal preferences, or a cocktail station where they can mix their own drinks, the idea of ‘interactive’ will add a touch of the novel.

Seasoning… is in season?

Salt and pepper may be the seasoning of choice, but why not take your seasoinings to the next level with a seasoning bar for various foods. From differnet types of salt and sugars for desserts to a variety of spreads and sauces (everything from chutneys to aioli),

Comfort food…

Warm and welcoming food that reminds you of the lovely times in life is starting to appear on the wedding reception menus of couples across the globe. They’re hardly conventional wedding food, but does it matter? Some couples are even serving milk and chocolate chip biscuits alongside the tea and coffee.

Information About 10 Brides Share Their Most Annoying Bridesmaid Moments

They may be your besties but that doesn’t mean they are perfect. We talked to dozens of brides about what things their beloved bridesmaids did that annoyed them and here are the very surprising answers.

“I love my bridesmaids. That’s why I asked them to stand with me on my wedding day but they didn’t like each other so much. They spent most of the 12 months we spent planning the wedding talking behind each others’ backs and fighting. They thought I didn’t know but I did and it really spoiled what should have been a fantastic bonding time.”
– Jo: Sydney

“One of my bridesmaids kept putting pictures up on social media and using my wedding hashtag! It upset me so much that everything I was planning was online before I’d even made a decision about it. And I hated that anyone watching our hashtag would have seen all the little things before the wedding like the colour scheme and cake toppers. She even posted a picture of her trying on her bridesmaid dress.”
– Melanie: Toowoomba

“My sister and Maid of Honour took the whole “support the bride” thing a little too far. She basically ran the entire wedding planning process. It was my fault because she’s my big sister and I couldn’t stand up to her but I’m not joking when I say that I was lucky I even got to choose my own wedding dress!”
– Ruth-Anne: Melbourne

“No matter what I did, I couldn’t get hold of one of my bridesmaids. We had a WhatsApp group set up, emails, Google Docs and a private Facebook group yet there were times when I had to wait days and days and days to hear back for the simplest question. If you’re going to be a bridesmaid, please be contactable!”
– Jenny: Adelaide

“I tried to be accommodating about the bridesmaid dresses but one of my bridesmaids could not be pleased. We tried on about a dozen dresses and she flat out refused every single one of them because of something tiny that nobody else would notice like she didn’t like the shape and colour on the zipper on one of the dresses (it was hidden) or she thought that the thickness of the ribbons on the dress straps didn’t flatter her shoulders. I seriously think she forgot that she was a bridesmaid and not the bride!”
– Anna: Melbourne

“One of my bridesmaids was obsessed with losing weight for the wedding but the problem was that she didn’t only worry about her own weight. Every time she saw me eating something, she’d roll her eyes and say something about me not being able to fit into my wedding dress. That wasn’t just annoying, it was downright rude.”
– Jewel: Canberra

“My best friend is a man and he refused to be in my side of the bridal party. He said he would be too embarrassed to break with tradition. He said he was happy to be in my fiance’s part of the bridal party but that he just couldn’t be a ‘bridesmale. I do understand but it would have been nice if he was standing by my side while I said my vows. ”
– Tanya: Ipswich

“I paid for all my bridesmaids’ dresses, but one of my bridesmaids wouldn’t stop bargaining at every shop we went to. I know she was just trying to keep my costs down but it was really embarrassing and she kept doing it even though I told her not to worry about price and that I had it covered.”
– Jocelyn: Mildura

“I told my bridesmaids they could choose their own bridesmaid dresses. My only rule was that they wear a shade of green. One of my bridesmaids, an old friend from University, kept putting it off. I wasn’t worried because she works in fashion and has excellent taste but it was only on the weekend before my wedding that she finally showed me the dress she picked. It was blue. Bright blue. The thing is, she’s a bit funny with colours so she actually did think it was green or aqua or something. We had enough time to change it but it was a stress I just didn’t need less than a week before my wedding day.”
– Mary-Anne: Melbourne

“One of my bridesmaids just didn’t listen. I’d have to repeat instructions so many times and she’s still get things wrong. I even printed out instructions for her and she lost them! She even reconfirmed my wedding day the week before the wedding. All she needed was a pen and a piece of paper but she just wouldn’t write anything down. I honestly thought she might not turn up on the wedding day because she may not know what day it was!”
– Maddy: Perth

Know More About Unspoken Rules of Being A Bridesmaid

What does being a bridesmaid mean to you? Being supportive?Helping with the wedding planning? Standing by her side on her big day? Yes – these are all important. But there are some unspoken rules of being a bridesmaid that you may not be aware of. Here are eight of them.

Don’t say ‘yes’ if you’re not going to be able to do the job
This really should go without saying. Being a bridesmaid is about more than just dressing up in a pretty gown. It’s about the preparation before the wedding day. It’s about helping the bride with any tasks she needs completed and organising things like the hen’s night. If you’re not going to have time to help out with these things then don’t say ‘yes’ no matter how flattered or excited you are to be asked.

Be responsive
Being a bridesmaid requires being available at all hours. Yes, it’s not entirely reasonable but it’s the truth. You’re one of the bride’s most trusted friends and family members and she will call on you, sometimes at odd hours or when you’re busy doing something that isn’t related to the wedding so if she calls you or texts you or emails you or WhatsApps you, respond! Don’t make her wait days for a response to her text about whether you can pick up Uncle Bob from the airport two days before the wedding. If you can’t do it, say no but tell her asap.

Don’t do the social media thing (without her permission)
You may be the queen of Insta but showing behind the scenes of her wedding just isn’t on. Yes that picture of you trying on bridesmaids dresses may be like worthy but the bride may not want anyone knowing anything about her big day including what the bridesmaids dresses may look like. Don’t post anything wedding related without checking with your boss bride.

Be prepared to spend some of your money
Who pays for the bridesmaids dresses is a contentious topic and every couple has their own view on it but no matter who is paying for wedding related items, you are going to end up spending money to be a bridesmaid. You may have to pick up bits and pieces for the bride’s pet DIY project or pay for the pizzas at the hen’s night and, realistically, are you going to ask the bride for her credit card to cover these costs? Most brides are wonderful when it comes to expenses but us bridesmaids also want to help out but only if we can’t afford to.

Be a shoulder to lean on
Wedding planning is stressful and it sometimes doesn’t bring out the best in your bride so, unless she’s acting axe-wielding crazy, support her when she goes a little nuts. It’s ok. Just listen and offer her a hand, a tissue or an ear.

Don’t change your look too much
Yes, we know it’s not fair and not terribly reasonable but if you’re chosen to be a bridesmaid don’t go doing anything too drastic with your looks. Of course it’s your body but if you’re wearing a strapless, sleeveless bridesmaid dress, two full-length tattoo sleeves are going to change the look of the bridal party. Admittedly it will look way cooler but it may not be the look the bride is going for. Similarly if you have long hair and the bride is counting on it, don’t chop it off to a No.2 without at least discussing it with her.

Keep calm and carry on
No matter what happens, don’t lose your cool. Don’t snipe about the other bridesmaids, don’t panic if something goes wrong and, most importantly, on the big day, no matter who else freaks out, don’t let it be you. You’re supposed to be the bride’s rock, not someone who adds to her worries or gives her any stress. She should be able to turn to you in her time of crisis.

Be positive about the wedding
No matter how much you hate your bridesmaids dress or the groom, be positive about everything. That doesn’t mean lie it, just means support the bride in her decisions and look for the good side of everything. Your bride needs your support and even though true friends speak their mind and tell the truth a true friend also knows when the time is right to zip it, nod and smile.

More Information About Wedding Day Emergency Kit Checklist

Any recently married bride will tell you that it’s important to keep an emergency kit with you on your wedding day. To make your life a little easier, we’ve put together a wedding day emergency checklist so you know exactly what to pack!

Here’s what to pack in your wedding day emergency kit:

Tissues
Don’t ruin your make-up with free-falling tears, ladies!

Bobby pins, hair ties and hairspray
Include any other hair accessories of choice, but, ultimately the most necessary ones are bobby pins and hair spray. Include a brush or comb too in case you need to fix any stray hairs during the day or night.

Wedding day itinerary and necessary phone numbers
You could just put this all on your phone but it’s good to have a backup version in case your phone dies. Pack a printout of your wedding day itinerary and include a list of supplier phone numbers too.

Clear nail polish
This is not just for fixing your nails but also for helping any nicks in your pantyhose. Glide a line of clear nail polish over any run and it you will stop it from becoming bigger.

Water and healthy snacks
At some stage during your wedding day you are going to be hungry and food may not be at hand so make sure you include a water and healthy snacks for you and your bridal party.

Things like unsalted nuts, fruit or a healthy nut bar are great options, particularly if you’re feeling low in energy and your blood-sugar drops.

Deodorant and perfume
Yah. You want to be remembered for your bridal beauty and grace rather than your odour.

Make-up
Keep yourself looking fresh by packing items such as lipstick, lipgloss, lip-liner, powder, eyeshadow, a blending brush, bronzer and tweezers.

A phone charger
Between taking selfies, Snaps, uploading pics to Instagram and changing your FB status, your phone is probably going to need a little recharge. Even if you can’t charge it during the day, you can charge it in your bridal suite when you get to the venue.

Sanitary napkins/tampons
Ladies, this is pretty self explanatory!

Hand sanitiser
Shaking sweaty hands, touching walls or trees during your wedding photos. Hand sanitiser will always come in handy.

Earring backs
Anyone who’s ever lost an earring back on a night out will know how frustrating it is, especially when your earrings are an integral part of your outfit! Pack some spare earring backs for you and your bridesmaids so you can keep on rocking your earrings all day and night.

Mints and chewies
Forgo bad breath or coffee breath and keep some mints and chewies for you and your bridal party.

A sewing kit
A sewing kit usually includes needles and threads of different colours, as well as safety pins which can all be used should any item of clothing on you or your bridal party become damaged on the day.

It should also include a pair of mini scissors which is a must-have in any wedding day emergency kit.

Money
You never know what may come up on the day. Keep some cash or a credit card with you just in case.

Facial/hand wipes
Wipes are great for so many reasons. Some are antibacterial, which is great if you’ve touched something icky, and some a great for removing smudged make-up.

Sometimes, if you act fast enough, wipes can help prevent staining from occurring, and they are great for wiping away spills, such as overflowing champagne in the back of the limo!

Nurofen or paracetamol
No one wants a headache on their wedding day!

Bandaids
Blisters, cuts – who knows!

Stain remover pen
These are relatively cheap and can save you a lot of heartache, after all, a smudge of foundation on a white wedding dress is the last thing you need to worry about on your big day.

Hayfever tablets
Allergic reactions, itchy eyes, constant sneezing – these are all unnecessary wedding day woes.

Let’s learn About A Gentleman’s Guide To Marriage

You know you can talk the talk – you did that with your marriage vows – but can you walk the walk? Can you put into practice that which you promised to do? This gentleman’s guide to marriage will help a husband to flourish in his marriage.

Fibs are forbidden
Marriage, or relationships in general are built on trust. By always being open and honest with your significant other, you build this trust. Even little white lies aren’t recommended. Unless of course you are talking about a new haircut!

Good old-fashioned manners
There are many famous tales of men making sacrifices for a lady. Sir Walter Raleigh was once said to have placed his expensive coat over a puddle so that Queen Elizabeth – that’s the first Queen Elizabeth – didn’t get her dainty feet wet. Whether this is fact or fiction is not the point. The point is gentlemanly behaviour can still be performed today. Holding a door for your loved one, seeing her safely into a car, giving her flowers without a specific reason – are all gentlemanly things you can do to express your love and respect.

Mark those dates
Make sure you remember those important dates! The two most important being your wedding anniversary and their birthday. If you have a habit of forgetting, set a reminder in your phone right now. It’s a mortal sin to forget your wedding anniversary!

Cheating is for chumps
This one goes without saying but we will mention it anyway. Remember what was said about trust earlier? Don’t be one of ‘those’ guys and always remember your marriage vows.

There doesn’t have to be a reason
Don’t think there has to be an occasion or reason to do something special for your spouse. Organise a dinner at a fancy restaurant, bring home some flowers, plan a romantic weekend away. Try and go above and beyond to show your appreciation. And make sure you tell them you love them and appreciate them regularly. Preferably every day!

Don’t be a slob
One of the quickest ways to disappoint your loved-one is to become a couch potato. Now that doesn’t mean you have to be active 24/7 and especially not when you’re at home. But lazing around when there are things you should be doing and ignoring the house work is a real turn-off. Do your best to be a helpful husband!

The little things mean a lot
Sometimes it’s the little things that help make you a great husband. Does your spouse hate making the bed? Why not take care of this every day without being asked. Is your partner really close with her parents? Make an effort to get to know them well and build a solid relationship with them. Making these types of efforts will go a long way to elevating you to hero-husband status.

Be the best back-up bloke
What is your spouse passionate about? Make sure you take an interest and really get behind them. Make an effort to learn about the things they love and lend your support. It will mean a lot knowing you are there to back them up and you truly care.

Avoid the rut and routine
Romance and excitement is usually at a high during the courting stage while things a new and fresh. And after the rings and vows are exchanged, it’s not uncommon for things to dip a little in this department. Don’t let this happen you. Make it your job to ensure there is always romance and excitement in your relationship and don’t let your relationship fall victim to routine. How this looks will depend on you as a couple, so try and remember the initial excitement of the early stages of your relationship and keep this burning.

Keep working
Probably the best advice for a married gentleman is to keep working on it. A good marriage is one where both partners don’t take the other for granted, always show respect for their each other, and follow the golden rule of doing to others as you would want them to do unto you. Good luck!